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Kvænangen


Kvænangen in Norway Kvænangen municipality coat of arms

Population:
1,226

Areal:
2.108,3 km2


Kvænangen Local Directory


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Kvænangen municipality has approximately 1.300 inhabitants and covers a area of 2.108,3 km2. The administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Burfjord. Fishing and agriculture is still very important, and fish farming is of increasing importance for the employment of people. Whether you choose the summer or winter season, fantastic nature and wildlife experiences await you. Summer or winter, midnight sun or northern lights, the sky is never dark. A summer night on the fjord or in the mountains is an experience not to be missed, you can go fishing in the fjord, which contains splendid variation of fish, or you can take a walk in the wilderness surrounding. The mountain walkers all concede that autumn is the best time of the year. Crystal clear air. Fat trout and char. Hunting. Mushrooms, blueberries and cranberries in abundance.

The experience of the winter with the uniqueness of the light, the northern lights and snow is fantastic. The spring, or late winter as we call it, means endless ski trips, snowscooter tours and dogsled.  The fish drift back into the fjords from the Barents Sea, and for a change to these typical winter activities, you can go fishing in the fjord which contains splendid variation of fish. Both fishermen and skiers insist that the spring is the best time of the year.

KVÆNANGFJORD

Kvænangfjord is a fjord in the municipalities of Kvænangen and Skjervøy in Troms. The 72-kilometre long fjord stretches from the Norwegian Sea to the village of Kvænangsbotn. The Reisafjorden is a large fjord which branches off the Kvænangfjord to the west. The European route E06 highway crosses the fjord on the Sørstraumen Bridge where the fjord is only about 350 metres wide, just west of Sekkemo.

There are a number of islands in the fjord. On the west side of the fjord are the islands of Arnøya, Laukøya, Skjervøya, and Kågen. The smaller islands of Haukøya, Rødøya, Skorpa, Nøklan, and Spildra are located in the middle of the fjord.

JØKELFJORDBREEN GLACIER

A 7 km path leads from the road to the glacier. Boat transport available. One of the most unique glaciers in Norway south of Svalbard. A few years ago the glacier stretched all the way to the seafront. In recent years, it had retreated up the mountainside but it still regularly calves small and large glacier sections which drop into the fjord. Øksfjordjøkelen is one of many attractions where we offer a guided tours. The area has a rich bird and animal life.

SPILDRS ISLAND

The Spildra island has a wealth of ancient ruins from the Stone Age to more recent times. The area also has a rich and diverse bird life. For accommodation, you can hire reconstructed Sami huts.

KVÆNANGFJELLET MOUNTAIN

The mountain Kvænangsfjellet is a popular destination among the local population from March to June. The snow melts very late at this high altitude so don´t be surprised if you meet skiers here in June. The views of the Kvænangen fjord are magnificent. Gildetun is a popular stopover for a bite to eat or for accommodation. It is open from June to September.

MIDNIGHT SUN

The Midnight Sun stays above the horizon, and it is light 24 hours a day. The sky must be clear and there must be unobstructed visibility northwards in order to see the Midnight Sun. A summer night on the fjord or in the mountains is an experience not to be missed, you can go fishing in the fjord, which contains splendid variation of fish, or you can take a walk in the wilderness surrounding.

NORTHERN LIGHTS

Aurora Borealis is the Latin name for the Northern Lights – solar winds that meet the atmosphere in a zone around the magnetic North Pole. The Northern Lights are only visible when the sky is dark and clear, from August to April, and they are most intense from 10 pm to midnight. The region on the 700 northern latitude is a fantastic place for experiencing the beautiful and intense play of colours given off by the Northern Lights.

POLAR NIGHT

The dark time, or the long, dark Polar Night, lasts from 30th November - 12th January - there is only a twilight-dusk type of light (the blue light) for a few hours during the middle of the day. This does not mean that it becomes totally dark, however. The aurora borealis trails its multicoloured banner across the sky and the moon lights the scene just like the nightlight of Our Lord. The experience of the winter with the uniqueness of the light, the northern lights and snow is fantastic. Especially beautiful is the blue light southwards, just before it becomes dark.

SNOWMOBILE

The experience of the winter with the uniqueness of the light, the northern lights and snow is fantastic. How about sitting out one night on a couch of snow, experiencing the northern lights and the peace and quiet by a bonfire while enjoying a hot beverage.

A day-trip into the mountains, where we drive into the mountains. We always bring skis along on the tour to hitch a ride in tow behind the snowscooter or to take a short ski trip and fully enjoy the serenity. Or perhaps an overnight trip to a cabin or in a tent would be the thing for you. What about a nighttrip into the mountains with the snowscooter. We go into the mountains for experiencing a real northern night and maybe even witness the famous Northern Lights playing at the sky. Those who are so inclined may also take a trial snowscooter run in the area surrounding the farm.

DOG SLEDGING

The family at, Parken Farm arranged tour on a dog sleigh. They have 25 top-trained Alaska-Huskies who love the life in front of a sleigh and who are nice and friendly animals to be in contact with. This will be a spectacular adventure: with the dog sleigh through the beautiful nature.

FISHING

In the fjord, which contains splendid variation of fish, it is usually to catch cod until 25 kilos. In addition to cod, you can catch coalfish, wolf fish, haddock and other sorts. In the period March - November the possibilities are very good for catching fish. But because of a local cod family (tribe) are living in the fjord, the possibilities for catching fish are good all the year round. You can rent a boat with motor and go of on fishing tours all by your self.

If you want to go fishing in one of the many lakes in the mountains, we offer guided tours into the mountains. Here you can catch trout and char. Maybe you want to stay some days in a log cabin close to the river, where you can catch salmon.

In our area you can go fishing salmon in different rivers. You can try your luck in Kvænangselva and  Sør-Tverrfjorden.